Caswell Berry’s picks from Volcom’s Wild In The Parks amateur contest series. Each skater was hand chosen and given a key from Caswell himself to join the Volcom skate team for a filming/photo mission and a chance to get their photo in The Mag and get on TheBerrics.com.
Mateo Rael, Mike Marks, Simon Bannerot, Pero Simic, Joe Milazzo, Kirk Roach, Justin Healey, Hugo Flores, Zeke Logan, Tate Malpass
"At each stop of Volcom Wild In The Parks this summer, I was given the opportunity to choose one deserving dude out of a couple hundred who entered, which meant I was going to bum out 199 kids and make one’s dream come true. When I say “dream” I really mean that they get to join the Volcom team for a day of heavy shredding and tossing their carcass down some rails, sets of stairs, or anything else that would be photo worthy. The video would then end up on The Berrics and their photo would be published in the wonderful pages of The Skateboard Mag!
There weren’t too many prerequisites for making my pick, but there were a few. You had to genuinely love to skateboard and it had to show. For the most part, I wouldn’t choose the local kid who was absolutely killing it. Why? Well, to tell you the truth, I’m more of a root-for-the-underdog kind of guy and the local shredder was probably going to win and end up at the finals at The Berrics. Not that that is bad in any way… but it wasn’t what I was looking for. Anyhow, I figured that after a few of the contests making my pick (A.K.A. “The Doofus’s Choice”) would get easier. I was definitely wrong. The only easy thing I could discern was: one, every kid is really good these days; and two, hardflips and high water pants are way too cool!" —Caswell Berry